House Fly

Color: Black
Family: Muscidae
Order: Diptera

House Flies are not just a nuisance, but they can also transport disease-causing organisms. Excessive fly populations are not only an irritant but when there are nearby human habitations, a public health problem could occur.


House Fly Identification

The house fly is grayish to grayish black 6 to 7 mm long, with the female usually larger than the male. The head of the adult fly has reddish-eyes and sponging mouth parts. The thorax bears four narrow black dark stripes and there is

House Fly Habitat

House Flies live close to humans, in urban and rural areas. Because their larvae grow best in human garbage and feces, they are more common in urban areas. Their favorite environments are dung heaps, garbage cans, and roadkill. They also reproduce on rotted fruit and vegetables, old broth and boiled eggs

House Fly Life Cycle

Adults usually live 15 to 25 days, but can live up to two months. Without food, they survive only about two to three days. Longevity is enhanced by availability of suitable food, especially sugar. The house fly has a complete metamorphosis with distinct egg, larval or maggot, pupal and adult stages. The house fly overwinters in either the larval or pupal stage under manure piles or in other protected locations. Warm summer conditions are generally optimum for the development of the house fly, and it can complete its life cycle in as little as seven to ten days.

House Fly Prevention

The first and most important thing that you can do is keep your home or business clean. This includes cleaning with a disinfectant, taking out the garbage and disposing of anything organic that has been sitting out for an extended period of time.

Preparation Steps for House Fly Treatment

Here are the preparation steps:

1. Treatment performed by Abell Pest Control will vary depending on the type of fly. An inspection and report detailing breeding sites will be performed. Recommended sanitation must be performed prior to any treatment. Fly traps may be used, in this case any trap should be left where the technician places them - Please do not disturb. Outside a treatment around window sills and eaves may take place.

2. Screen or seal all openings to the outside.

3. It may be necessary to vacate the premises during service and not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry. Open windows for 20 to 30 minutes after re-entry is possible.

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